Jobs are the lifeblood for national economies and family budgets. The search for economic opportunity often drives people to move around the globe. The most educated and highly skilled workers are in demand, and immigration policies often reflect that priority. Less skilled would-be immigrants, however, are often subject to tighter restrictions – even in nations where native citizens refuse to take on harvesting, construction, cleaning or other difficult tasks. Advanced technology reduces the need for labor; employers also rely on outsourcing, contract workers and the internet for digital work, including tax preparation, X-ray analysis or graphic design. Nations fiercely compete for jobs while multinational corporations reduce labor costs to increase profits.

Limits of Saudi Oil Power

Oil competition, dependence on immigrants, high unemployment put Saudi Arabia at risk
Fahad Nazer
May 30, 2013

The Promise of Africa

Young, vibrant African leadership rises despite many challenges
Ian Shapiro
May 23, 2013

Can Global Supply Chains Be Accountable?

After Dhaka factory collapse, consumers could insist on safe workplaces
Jerry Davis
May 16, 2013

China Targets Greenland for Mining

Countries with mineral wealth can’t expect job bonanza
Will Hickey
April 18, 2013

Experimenting on Good Governance in Latin America

EU Association Agreement aims for trade integration and citizen security in Latin America
Humphrey Hawksley
April 3, 2013

The Choice: More Immigrants or Fewer Citizens?

Nations with declining birthrates could soon be competing for immigrants
Joseph Chamie
March 4, 2013

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Despite Fears, Mexico's Manufacturing Boom Lifts US Workers

US multinationals hire an extra 250 US workers for every 100 hired in Mexico
Natalie Kitroeff
September 2, 2016

Chronic Problems, Not Just Crises, Should Be a Global Health Priority

One report suggests that poor vision alone costs the global economy $3 trillion per year
James Chen
September 1, 2016

Two Faces of Global Trade

Globalization leads to both fierce competition that threatens jobs and innovation that creates them
Nayan Chanda
August 30, 2016

It’s Just a Stealth Reform

Subsidies to encourage labor reforms won’t protect India’s textile industry from onslaught of automation trends
Nayan Chanda
July 25, 2016

Brexit: Boon or Bane

The British decision suggests that nations will struggle to cooperate on pressing global challenges
Nayan Chanda
July 11, 2016

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